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Keane Óg, Keane Óg!

Wednesday, 9th September, 2020 3:20pm

A new biography revealing Roy Keane’s long journey from pint-sized teenager to formidable Patrick Viera-basher is now on Irish shelves.

The book, entitled ‘Keane: Origins’, was written by award-winning sportswriter and broadcaster Eoin O'Callaghan.

The story begins in the late 1980s when an adolescent Keane was making his mark at Rockmount AFC before moving on to Cobh Ramblers and eventually being scouted and signed by Nottingham Forrest.

Forrest’s then manager, the charismatic but eccentric Brian Clough, had recognised something great in the Mayfield man.

Meanwhile Keane was attempting to break into a Republic of Ireland set-up that seemed not to share Clough’s appreciation for the Corkman’s talents.

‘Keane: Origins’ sheds light on this largely unheralded period of Keane’s career, as well as the off-field dramas that inevitably arose as a wider audience sat up and took note of a new football sensation.

Focusing on the period between 1988 and 1993, the new book charts Keane's journey from an economically ravaged Cork to a spectacular three-season spell under Brian Clough at Forest.

The book also features a number of contributions and testimonies from former teammates and coaches that worked with Keane throughout his early career.

Author Eoin O'Callaghan has written extensively for a host of publications and as a TV host, reporter and commentator, he's worked with Fox Sports, BBC, RTÉ and Setanta Sports.

Published by Mercier Press, ‘Keane: Origins’ is now available nationwide and online.

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